Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) first Made in India helicopter was inducted into Indian Air Force at Jodhpur Air Force Station on Monday by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and named the helicopter as “Prachand” (fierce) Chief Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan and Indian Air Force Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari were also attended the induction ceremony. Rajnath Singh said that country made LCH is a result of research & development indigenously in India for nearly two decades, LCH need was felt seriously at the time of Kargil war in 1999.

Light Combat Helicopter is manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) its equipped with the requisite agility, round the clock all weather combat capability, extended range, maneuverability and high altitude. LCH can also be deployed in high-altitude bunker-busting operations and counter-insurgency operations. So it would be a potent platform to meet the operational requirements of the Indian Army and Indian Air Force.

CB Ananthakrishnan Chairman and Managing Director of HAL said that LCH is the only attack helicopter in the world which can take off at an altitude of 5000 meters with considerable weapons and fuel load meeting the operational requirement of Indian armed forces. also he added that more than 250 vendors are involved in the manufacturing of components, assemblies, fixtures etc., It has been envisaged through participation of private and public sector partners.

The important features of LCH are:
  • Glass Cockpit
  • IR Suppressor
  • Air to Air Missiles (ATAM)
  • Integrated Dynamic System
  • Air to Ground Missiles (ATGM)
  • Crashworthy bottom structure
  • Anti-Resonance Isolation System
  • 20mm Gun, 70mm Rocket & Missiles
  • Canted flat panels for low Radar Cross Section
  • Counter Measuring Dispensing System (CMDS)
  • Integrated Architecture and Display System (IADS)
  • EO pod, Helmet Mounted Display System & EW suite
  • Crashworthy fixed tricycle type with tail wheel landing gear

Technical Parameters are:

  • Range : 550 Km
  • Service Ceiling : 6.5 Km
  • MTOW : 5800 Kg
  • Oblique climb rate : 12 m/s
  • Max. speed : 268 Kmph

Power Plant

  • Power is 1032 KW
  • SHAKTI engine (2 no.)


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